For the first time in nearly 30 years of federal oversight, DCF has sufficiently lowered caseloads for social workers serving vulnerable children and families.
Federal monitor’s report reflects continuing concerns about DCF, but progress being made
A lawyer for the plaintiffs is optimistic because the agency has made progress in its hiring and caseload goals.
New DCF Commissioner emphasizes importance of safe sleep for babies
From 2013 to 2018, Connecticut lost 123 infants to sleep-related deaths alone, according to Child Advocate’s office. DCF is attempting to combat this problem.
National search for DCF commissioner ends close to home
Vanessa Dorantes joined the Department of Children and Families nearly 27 years ago, one of the scores of social workers hired to bolster an understaffed DCF at the insistence of a federal court monitor. On Monday, she was nominated to lead that agency, which remains under the consent order that led to her hiring in 1992.